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2021 AFCA Virtual Coaching
Convention FAQs

General/Education
The dates of the convention will be January 12-14, 2021.
All that is needed will be an active AFCA membership of the time of the event—the membership gives you access to our Digital Library through the membership portal, where the event will be available for viewing during the convention dates. If your membership expires prior to the event, please purchase or renew your membership so that you have access.
We will use a mix of live and pre-recorded content for the educational sessions. We will also continue to host forums and divisional business meetings. 
Virtual education sessions from the convention will be made available for viewing throughout the duration of the event (January 12-14, 2021). After the event concludes, videos will temporarily be unavailable. However, they will be made available for on-demand viewing at a later date.
No. All that is needed will be an active AFCA membership at the time of the event—the membership will give you access to our virtual convention. If your membership expires prior to the event, please purchase or renew your membership so that you have access. 
Visit our website and click the “Login” button in the top right of the screen. Enter your username and password to sign in to the membership portal. If you haven’t logged in since 11/1/2019, send an email to membership@afca.com to request a reset of your login credentials. Once in the portal, click on the “Digital Library” link at the top. It should open a new tab/window, so be sure to disable your pop-up blocker. Only those with an active AFCA membership will be able to gain access to the Digital Library.
Yes. Coaches will still be able to earn PDS/HSCA credits from select sessions during the virtual event and submit them to receive a PDS/HSCA certificate. The codes can be found in the descriptions of the videos and are ONLY available during the duration of the virtual convention. More information on how to input credits and download/print your certificates is available here.
The 2022 AFCA Convention will be held January 9-11 in San Antonio, marking the Centennial of the American Football Coaches Association.
Awards/Honorees
New Life Members will have their plaques mailed to them along with their gold Membership Cards. More information on how award winners/Life Members will be honored will be released later this fall. 
Donations
You are welcome to donate online to our Foundation. Please click here to be directed to our donation page. In addition, you can make a donation by purchasing a brick to honor a coach in our Plaza of Influence. The Plaza of Influence is a tremendous opportunity for coaches, players, family, friends, or anyone to honor a football coach. Through the American Football Coaches Foundation, you can permanently memorialize the contributions of a special coach at the headquarters of the AFCA. A brick inscribed with the coach’s name is laid in the Plaza of Influence, the only place in the country where football coaches of all levels are recognized for the influence they have on the lives of those they have coached on and off the field. We are running a special where all bricks are 50% off. Each brick has been reduced to $100. Please click here to learn more details and order online or you can call our office at (254) 754- 9900.
Membership
To guarantee access on the first day of the convention, please purchase or renew your membership no later than December 16, 2020. If your membership is currently inactive or was last renewed at or before the 2020 AFCA Convention, please be sure to renew your membership. Your membership must expire AFTER the convention dates (January 12-14, 2021) in order to gain access to the convention materials.  If you wish to renew your entire staff on one transaction, please reach out to our Membership Department by sending an email to membership@afca.com or calling our office at 254-754-9900. For a tutorial on how to renew your membership online, please watch the video below.
Yes. If you are ever unable to attend a convention for any reason, if you have paid your dues for that year, it counts towards your 35 years of membership.
Committees

Those committees that need to meet will be able to conduct their meetings via Microsoft Teams during the week of January 4-7. Links will be sent out prior to the meetings, but only active members will receive emailed links. In order to guarantee access, please purchase or renew your membership no later than December 16, 2020.

Below are the current dates for committee meetings: Monday, January 4
  • Minority Issues Committee
  • D2 Coaches Advisory Board
  • D3 Executive Council
  • NAIA Assistant Coaches Committee
  • D3 Assistant Coaches Committee
  • Rules Committee
Tuesday, January 5
  • FCS Executive Council
  • D2 Assistant Coaches Committee
  • FCS Assistant Coaches Committee
Wednesday, January 6
  • FBS Assistant Coaches Committee
If you do not already have a Microsoft Teams account, please click here to create an account.

For more information on committee meetings, please contact Vince Thompson by sending an email to him at vince@afca.com.

Virtual Convention Troubleshooting
After you click on the session you would like to watch, you need to play the session by clicking on the image or play button.
When you click on "Digital Library" inside the member portal, a new window will open up with the digital library. To do this, please make sure you have all "Pop-Up Blockers" turned off. Directions to turn off Pop-Up Blocker are below based on different browsers: Google Chrome
  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More. Settings.
  3. Under "Privacy and security," click Site settings.
  4. Click Pop-ups and redirects.
  5. At the top, turn the setting to Allowed or Blocked.
Safari
  1. Select “Safari” > “Preferences“.
  2. Click on “Security” at the top of the window.
  3. Check the box “Block pop-up windows” to enable this feature. Uncheck it to disable it.
Firefox
  1. Click the menu button Fx57Menu and select Preferences.
  2. Select the Privacy & Security panel.
  • Under the Permissions section, uncheck the box next to Block pop-up windows to disable the pop-up blocker altogether.
  • A click on Exceptions… opens a dialog box with a list of sites that you want to allow to display pop-ups.
  • The dialog box offers you the following choices:
    • Allow: Click this to add a website to the exceptions list.
    • Remove Website: Click this to remove a website from the exceptions list.
    • Remove All Websites: Click this to remove all of the websites in the exceptions list.
Internet Explorer
  1. Open Internet Explorer, select the Tools button , and then select Internet options.
  2. On the Privacy tab, under Pop-up Blocker, select or clear the Turn on Pop-up Blocker check box, and then select OK.